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Samsung's Watch Active2 with magic bezel is a real Apple Watch rival

This watch has a bezel control, but you can't see it

Samsung's Watch Active2 with magic bezel is a real Apple Watch rival
06 August 2019

The Apple Watch dominates many lists of the best smartwatches. But the new Samsung Watch Active2 might be an impressive competitor.

It has what Samsung calls a “digital bezel”, which mimics the physical rotating bezel of the classic Galaxy watches, but with increased screen space and touch sensors.

There will be two main options, 44m and 40mm versions, as well as two separate styles. One has a synthetic rubber band, the other a leather strap.

The 40mm Samsung Watch Active2 should be available on the 27th September, costing around $280 (£229). Samsung's 44mm version will be a little bit more, at $300 (£246).

Battery life is pretty impressive for a smartwatch – 9to5Google reports the 247mAh batteries should last “easily a couple of days”, so you shouldn’t be caught out.

If you use your smartwatch primarily to track your fitness and health, the Active2 might be made for you. Heart rate sensors have been doubled up, giving a more accurate picture of your health, and you can now take a full ECG (though, to be clear, this wouldn’t replace an actual ECG taken by a doctor).

Sleep tracking is also improved, and additions like pace coaching tools will help you reach your fitness goals.

Tempted? Pre-orders will start on September 6th, and all pre-orders receive a free Wireless Charger Portable Battery.